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Police begin to interview people found inside shipping container

35 people were found inside a container Credit: ITV News

Police in Essex are beginning to interview a group of people found inside a shipping container at Tilbury Docks.

35 men, women and children , believed to be from Afghanistan, were found inside the unit that had come from Belgium yesterday morning - one man had died.

Officers are now trying to track the container's movements and work out when the immigrants got into it. 30 people treated at hospitals have now been released and are currently in the care of Essex Police and Border Force staff at the Port of Tilbury. 4 remain at Southend Hospital but police say they hope they will be well enough to be discharged later today.

Superintendent Roe added, "The welfare and health of the people is our priority at this stage. Now they are well enough, our officers and colleagues from the Border Force will be speaking to them via interpreters so we can piece together what happened and how they came to be in the container. We now understand that they are from Afghanistan and are of the Sikh faith. We have had a good deal of help from partners within the local Sikh community in the Tilbury area to ensure that these poor people, who would have been through a horrific ordeal, are supported in terms of their religious and clothing needs. The Red Cross are also helping; they have provided food and welfare help for the people overnight. We are grateful for their support and I would like to say a big thank you to them.”

Officers are liaising with Belgian police and Interpol. The port has reopened for business as usual and is continuing with its operations. All of the containers on board the ship have been searched and no further people have been found. There were initial concerns that a further container with people inside may have come into port at Purfleet but police say this is not the case.

A casualty bureau has been set up for anybody who is concerned about a friend or relative to call.


Environment Agency to clear waste burning for a month

The Environment Agency is taking over the clean up at a recycling site in Swindon, which has been on fire for nearly a month.

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3,000 tonnes of waste has been burning for nearly a month Credit: ITV West Country

We intend to use our powers to remove waste from the site to allow Wiltshire Fire and Rescue services the space to extinguish the fire. Environment Agency contractors will start work as soon as possible. We are using our powers because the operator has failed to respond to previous enforcement notices.

– Environment Agency spokesperson

The work to remove the rubbish will allow firefighters to tackle the blaze more easily.

3,000 tonnes of waste has been smouldering for nearly a month, causing problems for residents who live nearby. The Agency says they will send in their own contractors.

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Firefighters on site Credit: ITV West Country


Suspect immigrants found in Essex shipping container

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

A man has died and several others are in hospital - after more than thirty adults and children were found inside a shipping container.

It arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex on a ship from Belgium this morning. One man was found dead and the others are said to have significant health problems.

David Johns reports, speaking to Daniel Gore of East of England Ambulance Service, and Supt Trevor Rowe of Essex Police.


Tilbury Dock patients making 'rapid recovery'

Over half of the passengers found in a container at Tilbury Docks are making a rapid recovery, Basildon Hospital told ITV News producer Sandi Sidhu.


Basildon Hospital confirm that 11 adults and 7 children who rec'd treatment for dehydration making rapid recovery All will b discharged ltr


Ambulance service: Tilbury Docks scene 'very difficult'

By Emily Morgan: ITV News Correspondent

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Superintendent Trevor Roe from Essex Police and Daniel Gore of the east of England Ambulance Service. Credit: PA Wire

An Essex ambulance spokesman described the scene at Tilbury Docks as "very difficult" following the discovery of 35 people in a shipping container.

Read: Police search more containers in Tilbury Docks


Police search more containers in Tilbury Docks

Police are searching around 50 shipping containers after more than 30 people were found in one of them on a ferry at Tilbury Docks.


Priority for police is to search the rest of the containers. So far looked at 30 out of 50

Superintendent Trevor Rowe from Essex Police said searches were continuing to establish whether any others contained people.

Read: One man dies and 34 in hospital after container discovery

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